My freshman year of college I was introduced to a website http://www.persecution.com. I signed up for weekly prayer requests and for the last four years I’ve had the privelege to intercede on behalf of our persecuted brothers and sisters. If you haven’t visited this website forget reading the rest of my lame blog and go check http://www.persecution.com. As a follower of Christ in America I have never had to deal with religious persecution. I am thankful for the freedom to express my relationship with God. So many don’t have those freedoms that we abuse. Here is an excerpt from this week’s prayer update and I wanted to share it with you. Pray for these brothers and sisters! Paul said to intercede as though we were in chains with him. Blessings.

Prayers for November 7, 2006
From The Voice of the Martyrs

IRAN Three Desperate Situations Need Our Prayers – VOM Sources/persecution.com
Please pray for these situations in Iran: (1) Two sisters were summoned and given a last warning not to evangelize. They believe God has called them and feel led to stay in their city and continue evangelizing. (2) A young Kurdish man was arrested on October 28, and since a phone call he made on the 30th, no one has heard from him. (3) A 19-year-old believer serving in the army was arrested for evangelizing and tortured for two days. They released him after he signed a written confession that he would no longer evangelize. He is emotionally distraught. Pray these believers would stand firm and know God’s strength. Mark 13:13

ERITREA Police Arrest 150 More Christians – Compass Direct
In a large-scale roundup in late October, Eritrean authorities have detained 150 Christians from at least five of the country’s outlawed churches. Starting October 25, security officers in the town of Mendefera began going from house to house, arresting local Christians from a list they compiled of known members of Pentecostal churches and the Orthodox renewal movement. During the first day’s raids, a total of 38 men and 17 women were incarcerated at the military fort in Mendefera, 30 miles south of Asmara. Local sources confirmed to Compass that police authorities were subjecting the detained Christians to beatings and other physical mistreatment. According to eyewitnesses, at least 10 nursing mothers were among the new prisoners, all of them forced to leave their infants behind. Pray fervently that God will show Himself powerful in coming to the aid of these who are enduring unbelievable suffering for their faith in Jesus. Luke 1:37

TURKEY Converts Charged Under Speech Law – Compass Direct
A Turkish prosecutor slapped criminal charges against two converts to Christianity earlier this month, accusing them of “insulting Turkishness,” inciting hatred against Islam and secretly compiling data on private citizens for a local Bible correspondence course. Hakan Tastan, 37, and Turan Topal, 46, joined the ranks of 97 other Turkish citizens hauled into court in the last 16 months over alleged violations of the country’s controversial Article 301, restricting freedom of speech. If convicted, the accused could be sentenced from six months to three years. Pray God will use this judicial action to awaken the citizens of Turkey to the threat to their freedom and their secular form of government. Psalm 109:1-3

IRAQ Assyrian Christian Boy Beheaded – Assyrian International News Agency (AINA)
The AINA has reported that a 14-year-old Assyrian boy, Ayad Tariq, was beheaded by Muslim militants in Baqouba, Iraq, on October 21. Ayad was beginning his shift of maintaining an electrical generator when a group of disguised Muslim militants approached him and asked to see his identification. When the Muslims saw his identification and noted he was a “Christian,” they (called him) a “dirty Christian sinner!” They then threw him to the ground, held down his arms and legs, shouting “Allah Akbar!” (God is great), and beheaded him. Pray God will comfort Ayad’s family and friends, giving them the supernatural gift of peace that comes from forgiving our enemies. Matthew 18:21, 22

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